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7:05 PM ET, June 28, 2011

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Vic Gundotra / The Official Google Blog:
Introducing the Google+ project: Real-life sharing, rethought for the web  —  Among the most basic of human needs is the need to connect with others.  With a smile, a laugh, a whisper or a cheer, we connect with others every single day.  —  Today, the connections between people increasingly happen online.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google+ Project: It's Social, It's Bold, It's Fun, And It Looks Good — Now For The Hard Part  —  Last night, you may have heard talk of a mysterious black bar appearing on the top of Google.com.  Or you may have even seen it yourself.  No, you weren't hallucinating.  It was a sign of something about to show itself.
Steven Levy / Epicenter:
Inside Google+ — How the Search Giant Plans to Go Social  —  Today, Google, the world's largest search company, is formally making its pitch to become a major force in social networking.  The product it's announcing is called Google +, and observers might wonder whether it's simply …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google's Facebook Competitor, The Google+ Social Network, Finally Arrives  —  Google's long expected second shot at taking on Facebook in the social networking space has arrived in the form of the Google+ Project.  It has some interesting twists on the social networking model but is far from a Facebook-killer.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Google Yawn  —  I've been to so many big earth-shaking events from BigTechCo's — today's Google thing is making me yawn, while my eyes glaze over in boredom.  —  Here's how products like this are conceived:  —  1. We need to kill Facebook.  —  2. What will we do.  —  3. It can't just be Facebook.
Biz Stone:
It's So Obvious  —  My career in developing large scale systems that allow people to express themselves and communicate started in 1999 with Xanga.  I left after a couple years and got more academic about the democratization of information on the web.  Ironically, I wrote two books about blogging.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Biz Stone Steps Back From Twitter To Relaunch Obvious With Ev Williams And Jason Goldman
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Patrick Gray / risky.biz:
Groupon leaks entire Indian user database  —  The entire user database of Groupon's Indian subsidiary Sosasta.com was accidentally published to the Internet and indexed by Google.  The database includes the e-mail addresses and clear-text passwords of the site's 300,000 users.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Myspace Sale Nearing End Today With Low $30M Price and Buyer You Never Heard Of  —  It was just supposed to be a three-hour tour, um, quick sale process!  —  But, like a storm-tossed ship looking for any safe harbor, the Myspace sale is still chugging along …
Chris Wiggins / The Official Google Blog:
Evolving the Google design and experience  —  Starting today, you might begin noticing that things look a little different across Google products.  We're working on a project to bring you a new and improved Google experience, and over the next few months, you'll continue to see more updates to our look and feel.
Woody Leonhard / InfoWorld:
Office 365 vs. Google Apps: The InfoWorld review  —  With Office 365 now available in final form, here's what you need to know to decide if Office 365 or Google Apps (or neither) is right for your organization  —  Everything's going to the cloud, but only the hopelessly naïve would believe it's a stairway to heaven.
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Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:
Sprint's Hesse Pushes to Stop T-Mobile/AT&T  —  Dan Hesse's White Room is closely guarded even within Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) The chief executive officer carries the only key and draws black curtains over his scribblings before leaving.  This is where Hesse retreats to map out “nukes” in red …
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Amazon Starts an Ad Network, Powered by Your Data  —  You can buy just about anything on Amazon.com, including advertising.  Now Amazon is selling ads on other people's sites, too.  —  The e-commerce giant has started what is effectively an ad network*, where it buys Web advertising inventory and resells it to marketers at a premium.
Kate Kelly / The Strategy Sesion Blog:
Zynga IPO Implies a $15-$20 Billion Valuation  —  Zynga is planning to file its initial public offering documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission as early as Wednesday, and wants to raise between $1.5 billion and $2 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.
EOSHD:
Apple refunding pros for Final Cut Pro X  —  Apple have been processing refunds for Final Cut Pro X as complaints flood in from grumpy pros - and it seems they are taking a lenient approach.  —  Although the iTunes / App Store terms and conditions state that ‘all sales are final’ …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Quietly Rolls Out WDYL.com: A Range Of Google Product Results On One Page  —  This morning, we got tipped to check out wdyl.com.  The tipster noted that it was apparently a new Google site attempting to “create a unified UI to search in multiple channels”.
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Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google's Search Results Now Highlight Content Creators
Discussion: Inside Search, Thanks:fredericl
Brian Fitzpatrick / Data Liberation:
The Data Liberation Front Delivers Google Takeout  —  Since we began in 2007, the Data Liberation Front has been focused on one thing: making it easier for you to take your data in and out of Google.  Our first step was to make it easier to get your data out of our products, one product at a time.
Joe Brockmeier / Network World:
Facebook bans KDE application, deletes user photos  —  KDE users have gotten a rather unpleasant surprise from Facebook: Not only is the site blocking KDE apps like Gwenview from uploading, the social media giant has also taken down photos uploaded with the KDE plugins.
Yodel Anecdotal:
Yahoo! and Benchmark Capital Introduce Hortonworks  —  Today Yahoo! and Benchmark Capital announced the formation of Hortonworks.  Hortonworks is a new, independent company founded based on the Apache Hadoop technology pioneered at Yahoo!.  The formation of Hortonworks increases investment …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Skype Employees Were Briefed in Plain English — The Internal Equity Incentive Plan Deck  —  I have largely stayed away from opining about the he-said-he-said over what or what not Skype employees were told about the treatment of their stock options in legal contracts.
Discussion: The Business Insider
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Google now activates 500,000 Android devices every day  —  Google's Android chief Andy Rubin tweeted this morning to announce that Google is now activating 500,000 devices each day, a 100,000 increase since it's last announcement at Google I/O in May.  —  Rubin's tweet also states …
Alyson Shontell / The Wire:
Tech-Obsessed Ashton Kutcher Joins SB Nation's Advisory Board  —  Jim Bankoff, chairman/CEO of SB Nation, just announced via Twitter that Ashton Kutcher has joined the sports site's board of advisors.  —  He writes:  —  “Proud to welcome @aplusk as our latest @sbnation advisor.
Miguel Helft / Bits:
LeapFrog Unveils Tablet Computer for Children  —  All parents who own an iPad know this: Their kids want to play with the iPad as much as they do, and that means they have to share.  —  Now LeapFrog, the educational toy maker, may provide some relief.  The company on Tuesday unveiled …
Discussion: Engadget
 
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
AOL Gets Into Music Subscriptions, Again
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